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Child has cough, runny nose, fever. Given Tylenol. Does it sound like croup or RSV?

My 2yo daughter presented yesterday with a barking cough, runny nose and possible sore throat . At bed time, aprox 9pm I noticed a mild fever and gave her tylonol to counter it. She has since been up all night coughing a barking cough and breathing heavily with a 103.4 fever. I gave more tylonol at aprox 1am and 6am. She is still coughing but trying to sleep between coughing fits . Does it sound like croup or RSV....I m worried my 4yo will get it.
Asked On : Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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hello there,
barking cough is there in infection of larynx and trachea. and you may be right in saying that it may be croup. it can be caused by many of the viruses like RSV, influenza, para influenza etc.

as you said your daughter is having breathing difficulty, you should take her to emergency immediately to get her checked for her illness and if required she may need a steroid and nebulization with adrenaline and oxygen.

generally no treatment other than this and paracetamol is needed to control this ang being self limiting it resolves in few days.

yes there are chances of your four year old of getting this illness. to prevent him you can keep your daughter in isolation until she is free of symptoms.
hope you will be benefited by my answer

Answered: Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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